‘We were extremely muddy’

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A team of women from Pontefract have raised over £900 for charity after competing in an obstacle course race in North Yorkshire.

Friends Caroline Haigh, 32, Natalie Dixon, 29, Sadie Wilson, 22 and Katrina Brown, 27, along with their friend Michael Yim, 39, from Australia, took part in the Yorkshire Spartan Sprint in Ripon to raise cash for Myeloma UK.

They decided to support the charity after Natalie’s father Alan Dixon died of the disease at Easter, aged 55.

Caroline said: “We wanted to do something different really, something which was a bit more of a challenge, for people to sponsor us to do somethin positive in his memory.”

The course involved running 5k while completing obstacles including running through woods, climbing walls, nets and ropes, wading through mud and water, jumping over fire, throwing spears and carrying heavy objects.

There were also Spartan men attacking the runners as they crossed the finish line.

Caroline said: “It was such an achievement to complete the race and we worked as a team to help each other through the obstacles.

“We had some amazing supporters cheering us on and showing their support. Although some of the race was challenging, we had fun at the same time. We were extremely muddy by the end of the race.

“Seeing the first double amputee to complete a Spartan race was very inspiring too.”

Caroline thanked everyone who had donated to the team. Visit www.justgiving.com/TeamSpartan2013 to donate.